Is ‘Islam’ indeed a pronoun?

Well, is it?

Or is it an adjective?

Was it the name that God Almighty lent to the way of life He Ordained for man?

Or is it an Arabic word descriptive of the way of life into which man was to strive to attain, that is, the attainment to a state of peace through surrender to His Will?

Is it an Arabic word that is just as susceptible to translation, like any other Arabic word?

Take the last part of Surah 5 verse 3.

This day have I perfected for you your religion ( diina ) and completed My favor on you and chosen for you Islam as a religion ( diina ); but whoever is compelled by hunger, not inclining willfully to sin, then surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful – as translated by Shakir.

Could ‘Islam’, like ‘diina’, in this verse, not be translated, too, into English?

For that matter, could ‘Allah’, too, not be translated?

Advertisements
Published in: on May 18, 2008 at 9:40 am  Comments (6)  

The URI to TrackBack this entry is: https://harisi.wordpress.com/2008/05/18/is-islam-indeed-a-pronoun/trackback/

RSS feed for comments on this post.

6 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. […] cynsheng wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptThis day have I perfected for you your religion ( diina ) and completed My favor on you and chosen for you Islam as a religion ( diina ); but whoever is compelled by hunger, not inclining willfully to sin, then surely Allah is Forgiving … […]

  2. What kind of a question is this? HAris is your Quran in Arabic?

    Islam is noun. Muslim is ism fail

    Period

  3. Funny question. Islam is Ism ~ Nama Khusus.
    Islam is “The Religion” Al0Din not normal Din.
    Meed to understand Arabic more bro..

  4. If one have faith in Inshaallah and evaluate this along the insight of Tawhid,then Islam means surrender unconditionally as our very thoughts[which also determine our judgement and behaviour] is dependent on Allah like the way we breath,digest our food and circulate the blood,all through the grace of Allah.Thy will be done is what unfold,irregardless of what we choose to believe.

  5. Replace the Arabic word “Islam” in the vocabulary of other languages then we will know whether “islam” is an adjective or pronoun.

  6. Allah has sent prophets to all races. All these prophets taught Islam as a religion. Islam is a word. Words have no meaning. People put meaning to words. From Muslim point of view it is the Qurans philosophy and way of life.
    From the Hindu point of view it is the Bagdegat Gita or whatever book they belief in.Similiarly the Christians,Jews,Bhuddist,American Indians etc.
    However Islam could also mean the sum total of all the religions in this world. This is from a linguistic point of view.

    http://warongpakyeh.blogspot.com


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: